Bahai News - Detroit's Largest Inter-Faith Gathering in City's History
Friday July 13, 9:51 am Eastern Time
SOURCE: Detroit 300
Detroit's Largest Inter-Faith Gathering in City's History, Part
of Detroit 300 Celebration - Spiritual Day, July 25th 7:00-9:30 PM
Over 6,000 People Expected to Attend Interfaith Gathering
DETROIT, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Once known as the City of Churches,
Detroit's grand finale event to the Detroit 300 Birthday Festival is
Spiritual Day, a celebration of Detroit's faith-based heritage along with a
re-affirmation of unity among all religions and faiths for the future. On
Wednesday, July 25, 2001, over 6,000 people will gather to celebrate
Spiritual Day and recognize their faith, diversity and devotion at Chene
Park in Detroit from 7:00-9:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and
admission is free.
Spiritual Day, conceived by a committee composed of the area's most notable
religious leaders, will unite the faithful and faith-based leaders from
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Bahai'i faiths,
representing hundreds of congregations in the name of belief, healing and
peace. To commemorate Detroit's tricentennial birthday, the event is being
held to coincide with the 300th anniversary of Detroit's oldest house of
worship, Ste. Anne de Detroit on July 26th.
The spiritual experience will entail:
* The dedication of a memorial tree.
* A procession of faith-based leaders, which will be proceeded by a
Native American blessing.
* 100 voices of the Detroit 300 Tricentennial Gospel Choir led by
Reverend Edgar Vann.
* A theatrical performance of "Bringin' the Word": The Legacy of Black
Preachers in Detroit.
* A Covenant pledge of unity, peace and faith recited by the audience.
Cardinal Adam Maida, who will be leading the celebration as honorary chair
of Spiritual Day said, ``I'm honored to be working on such an important and
historic project with the interfaith community in the largest gathering ever
in Detroit. Together, we will work and pray for a renaissance of the
spiritual traditions which make this community the special place that it is.''
The Cardinal will be also joined by Carmen Harlan of WDIV, who will be emcee
for the evening.
Created to shape Detroit's yearlong tricentennial celebration, the
independent, non-profit organization Detroit 300, Inc. is responsible for
implementing community programs, special events and permanent legacies.
Chairman Edsel B. Ford II heads the Detroit 300 commission. Appointed by
Mayor Dennis Archer in 1998, the commission is comprised of 45 of the
region's corporate, cultural and civic leaders. Maud Lyon is executive
director. For more information about Detroit 300 call 1-800-DETROIT or visit
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